President Rodrigo Duterte will pick among Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, Senator Manny Pacquiao, or former senator Bongbong Marcos to be his successor, Palace spokesperson Harry Roque said Wednesday.
That is, if the President’s daughter, Davao Mayor Sara Duterte, and close aide Senator Christopher “Bong” Go will not run in the 2022 presidential elections, Roque said.
“In the end, if Sara and Bong Go won’t run, because he will only run if the president will run for vice president, the president will have to choose who has the number,” Roque said in a report on GMA’s “24 Oras.”
“He will have to choose from Isko, Manny Pacquiao, and Bong Bong Marcos because there’s no one else,” he added.
Sara Duterte previously said she may run for president in 2034 and not in 2022. (See related story on A4—Editor)
Roque said the candidate the President will endorse in the elections will be a big deal, as Duterte’s approval rating remains high.
“The presidential endorsement will be formidable. Not only that, it’s not just the endorsement, it’s the machinery of government that will be working for the anointed candidate of the president,” he said.
When asked if he will also run, Roque said he was not sure.
“When you want to serve, you need to have the resources. I am not sure because it really depends if I have the resources,” Roque said.